Tuesday, June 7, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
Hook up your DSLR and smartphone with the Eye-Fi Mobile X2 card, which lets you wirelessly transfer photos from the camera to a phone or tablet via Eye-Fi's free mobile app. A mobile device with 3G or 4G access is most ideal for uploading from anywhere, even when you're in a remote location with no WiFi, thanks to the card's Direct Mode. When this mode is enabled, the card will look for a supported WiFi network. If one can't be found, the card creates its own using the WiFi in your iOS or Android device and the wireless capability already in the card. With this kind of flexibility, you can edit images with apps on your phone or tablet, back them up to your home computer or save them to a private Eye-Fi account. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Eye-Fi, (877) 873-9334, www.eye.fi.
When you're on the move, make the most of a streamlined lighting setup using the ExpoImaging Rogue Grid. The lighting device produces three different honeycomb grid angles of 45º, 25º and can be stacked to create a 16º angle. The grid angle shapes the size of the spot projected forward, with smaller-degree grids producing smaller spots and larger angles producing larger spots. Changing angles and adding lighting gels is easy because of the grid's modular design. It weighs 3.5 ounces and comes with a nylon pouch for easy storage and an adjustable tension strap for attaching it to your flash. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.com.
The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 uses an eight-color pigment ink set with a gloss optimizer and can produce up to 13-inch-wide prints on a variety of media types. The UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 ink system includes bold red and orange inks, and auto-selects between Photo and Matte Black inks for the best results on glossy, matte or fine-art media. The printer uses high-capacity ink cartridges that provide up to 50% more ink than the previous model. The eight-channel, high-precision print head produces a maximum resolution of 5670x1440 optimized dpi and variable-sized droplets as small as 1.5 picoliters. The R2000 offers Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi and USB 2.0 connectivity. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
If wet weather interrupts a video shoot, don't let it ruin your work. Designed for HD DSLRs, the lightweight Spintec rain deflector from Innovision Optics lets you shoot in heavy-water conditions without getting a gyro effect when panning and tilting. A glass filter spins 3,000 times per minute to instantly deflect rain and snow. The centrifugal effect of the filter is what removes the moisture so quickly. A vacuum effect removes light snowflakes that are harder to take away. The deflector is easy to mount on lenses that are 75-105mm in diameter with either internal or external focus. Estimated Street Price: Starts at around $2,000. Contact: Innovision Optics, (310) 453-4866, www.innovision-optics.com.
The PIX 220 from Sound Devices is an ideal audio option when you're recording video on an HD DSLR and you don't want to be limited by its sound capabilities. It connects to cameras with HDMI and records directly to QuickTime using Apple's ProRes or, optionally, Avid's DNxHD codec. Since the recorder uses ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in postproduction, making workflow simple and fast. A 5-inch 800x480-pixel LCD display gives immediate confirmation of recording, playback, audio metering and Setup Menu selections. Estimated Street Price: $1,595. Contact: Sound Devices, (800) 505-0625, www.sounddevices.com.
Free yourself up on a shoot by controlling your DSLR from an iPad with onOne Software's DSLR Camera Remote HD. The app works with WiFi-enabled computers and is compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLRs. You can instantly adjust camera settings, fire the shutter, review images, preview through the viewfinder in real time and record video using the iPad's spacious screen. Browsing is improved from the original version with support for gestures so you can zoom and pan image previews by pinching and swiping. Additional features include an Auto Bracketing mode for expanded exposure brackets and a Burst mode for continuous shooting, and you can save low-resolution images for emailing and sharing. A computer is required. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
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